Jurgen Klopp’s men continue to climb the table and with no hope for silverware this year they will go into Saturday’s match against the league holders with nothing to lose.
Dortmund continue to make progress but with only a slim chance at qualifying for next years Europa league, the German tactician is tipped to enforce an attack minded game plan and stretch the injured Bayern Munchen squad.
Pep Guardiola finds himself with some of his most dangerous players this weekend as Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Javi Martinez and David Alaba are all set to this action. Players like Martinez allow the Bavarians to dominate and attack through intricate build up play and absorb pressure. Dortmund has one of the best pressing games of any club on the planet and players like Immobile, Aubameyang and Reus will try to force errors and create opportunities that will be a lot less common than they are use to.
Dortmund face as great odds with injuries with both starting full backs Kevin Grosskreutz and Marcel Schmelzer out and to make matters worse their replacement full back Oliver Kirch is out as well. Nuri Sahin no surprise has been shut down for the season. Dortmunds high octane pressing heavily relies on their fullbacks blitzing up and down the flanks so Klopp will need to figure out an equation on how to make up for the missing variables that are his pacey defenders. Perhaps a slower more physical approach since Bayern will not have Alaba present to track back all game?
Regardless of all the side stories and reports, this is always one of my personal favorite fixtures of the calendar year. The clash between two great philosophers in the game imploring their beliefs and formations for a great contrast in styles that saw the heights of the intra city rivalry reach an all time in the Champions League Final a few seasons back. I think the Signal-Iduna Park will inspire BvB to a high scoring draw that might just rattle the unstoppable force that is FC Bayern Munchen.
-Disgruntled Sports Fan